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mehoose

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Re: honey opal
« Reply #15 on: October 01, 2009, 09:27:56 AM »
LOL...AGAIN!!!
Glad you could join us Adam O Rock Hound. Better luck next weekend.
Hope you find something to show us.  ;D
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Re: honey opal
« Reply #16 on: October 24, 2009, 01:57:50 PM »
Hi,

I've been reading this thread with interest and thought I'd review my various opal pieces (mainly purchased but a few collected at Lightning Ridge and White Cliffs) ... anyway, I've come a cross a nice piece that looks as though it would facet OK.

Can it be cut straight away or how long should it dry out for before cutting?  If it has to be dried out .... can I hasten the drying process?

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Re: honey opal
« Reply #17 on: October 24, 2009, 02:36:24 PM »
I've heard anywhere from a few months to a few years.  :-\
I know after cutting I still let them sit for a few months before looking at using them. It's like agates, sometimes after they're in all their polished glory they just crack from stress relief. Heart breaking stuff. This generally happens within the first couple weeks tho.
Others might have better info.
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Re: honey opal
« Reply #18 on: October 24, 2009, 04:55:25 PM »
Woohoo!! Finally someone is saying this about faceting Opal.

A few years ago I had a massive arguement with a Gemmologist friend/workmate/housemate about leaving facetting opal out of water to stabalise before cutting it. He said is was a load of you know what, he said he was a gemmologist and if that was true then he would know about it etc etc.

All the facet grade Opal I have here hasn't seen a drop of water in over 10 plus years, infact the last one I cut was like faceting steel, I was beginning to wonder if I wasa actually faceting Diamond hehe.

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Re: honey opal
« Reply #19 on: October 24, 2009, 08:21:19 PM »
Hi All. Regarding facetting honey opal.  I send all our gem club's stone to Lamberts in Bangkok, and have seen at least half a dozen pieces facetted... look great... and no problems crack-wise.  Personally I would only have it facetted rather than cabachonned which looks nice but 'tres ordinaire'.   I would love to hear more about the Mullumbimby site as that is within striking distance of my place... keep investigating ALFIES.  Luv & kisses, Patrick.

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Re: honey opal
« Reply #20 on: January 23, 2010, 08:30:50 PM »
 Hi guys havent logged on for some time. Thanks rust for the mudmap.Went for a look today,found the correct road or should I say forestry trail.Had to walk 25 minutes to the creek crossing which was not the end of the trail.We tried to walk 100 yards downstream but the bush is very thick. Did not locate the diggings but did manage to find a chalcedony 'vertebrae' in the creek.Will be back out there again soon.

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Re: honey opal
« Reply #21 on: July 31, 2021, 12:30:42 AM »
I live near Minyon Falls and would love to have a little adventure. Could I have a copy at the mudmap?

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Re: honey opal
« Reply #22 on: July 31, 2021, 02:58:03 PM »
Hi Drifer, welcome to the forum. Unfortunately, Wwoofa, the person who offered the mud mad, passed away some years ago and hence won't be able to help you out. Someone else here may, so give them some time. It may be a good idea to try and private message some of those members who requested the map when the post was more current.
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Re: honey opal
« Reply #23 on: August 02, 2021, 11:22:11 PM »
Hey Drifter,

I'll be in the area in the last week of August (23-25th ish) and my only plans while I'm there involve jumping in creeks and hopefully finding agates/chalcedony and any other interesting stuff that pokes its head up!

If you're up for a session chasing rocks mate hit me up!

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Re: honey opal
« Reply #24 on: August 04, 2021, 08:51:51 AM »
You may find honey opal in Andamooka, from honey yellow to beer bottle potch there are many different shades if it hasn’t got colour flash it’s all potch and it can look very nice faceted.

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Re: honey opal
« Reply #25 on: August 04, 2021, 09:47:07 AM »
Hi Drifter you will find that the honey opal spot near Minyon Falls is now in the National Park now so off limits.
« Last Edit: August 04, 2021, 09:49:39 AM by Jimnyjerry »
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